The “Violent” Changes this year in Google

This can be found on David Naylors site. Great list:

2012
January 18th – Panda 3.2
January 19th –“Top heavy” – sites devalued
March 21st – Unnatural Link Warnings in WMT, followed by ranking drops
March 23rd – Panda 3.4 – announced by Twitter, 1.6% queries
April 19th – Panda 3.5
April 24th – Penguin – over optimization penalty, bad links
April 27th – Panda 3.6
May 25th Penguin 2
June 8th Panda 3.7
June 25th Panda 3.8
July 24th Panda 3.9
August 20th 3.91
September 18th Panda 3.9.2
August 10th – DMCA penalty
September 29th – EMD penalty
October 5th – Penguin 3.0, ~0.3% impact

Were you hit? What did you do to fix it, if you were?

Are Big Brands Still Hiring Spammers?

and do they know they’re hiring spammers? We know that JCP hired spammers, even though they claim ignorance (and I kinda believe that). Although this isn’t backlink buying, it’s still spam in my book, especially when it’s left as a comment on an SEO blog (mine!). Do these big brands know how HUGE of a “no-no” this practice is? Things like this are what gives the SEO industry the snake oil rap it has…

Image of Comment (caught by my spam filter):

Are big brands hiring spammers?

All links go to the MAIN site of the very famous hand-bag maker above. Notice the “no-follows”, that’s someone “in the know” I’d guess. Why would someone (some spammer) go out of their way to employ this tactic this without being hired and lastly… does this famous hand-bag maker even NEED backlinks? I’m sure if searched on his product name, one of his sites (with his very expensive products) will rank. It’s not backlink buying … but it’s certainly an effort to get backlinks (even if they are no-follow) to his MAIN SITE in a very spammy way. Puzzling at best.

Image used on your G+ Page

I asked the G+ team if it was ok to use a logo for your G+ Page… this is the thread between me and the G+ representative:
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Thank you for your note.

You can upload any photo you wish as long as it does not violate our
Quality Guidelines. Please refer to link below for more information.

http://support.google.com/places/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=142916

Regards,

If you have any additional concerns or questions, please respond back to
this email thread and I will be happy to help you. Have a great day.

Regards,

John K.
Google Team
The Google Team

Original Message Follows:
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From: Keli E
Subject: Re: [#1000000] BB External Manual Verification Request
Date: Mon, 25 Jun 2012 15:17:44 -0600

> Can I put our logo up rather than a picture of myself?
>
> Thanks!

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We Currently do not Support the Location

Blumenthal saves the day again with this detailed post how to get your map in order should you receive the dreaded “We Currently Do Not Support The Location” message in the Google MapMaker. It happened to me once before, I did nothing and it fixed itself, this time I’m not so lucky. I’ll be trying this later on to see if I can reclaim my place on the map and more importantly my reviews!

A Step By Step To Recover Your “We Currently Do Not Support This” Location in MapMaker

Rant of the Day….

I’m having a F I T with Google+. I had 15, 5-star reviews on Google Places … but it seems like I’m not alone. I’ve been looking through forums on how to transfer this information, not just for myself… but my gosh… for like 100+ clients??? It’s like Google Places was really good and messed up and the “+” in G+ just means it’s MORE messed up. Groan!!!!!!

Good news however. I found this:

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That review is clearly fake, written by an ex-employee, etc. — how can I get it removed from my listing?
There’s no guarantee we will remove it, but you can report it directly to Google Places support and we will investigate:

Link to form: http://support.google.com/places/bin/static.py?hl=en&ts=1386120&page=ts.cs
Select: I have verified > Yes > Reviews > My page features false or inappropriate reviews > Fill out the form, hit Submit, and await an e-mail response from a member of our support team.
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I’ve had a lot of clients ask about, what appears to be, fake reviews on their Places Page (I’m not even sure what to call it now) – G+ Local? So there’s that. It seems like the G+ team has a LOT on their hands:

http://productforums.google.com/forum/#!category-topic/business/technical-issue/mPz5bqu7ViM

This is all just a big ol D R A G.

Anyone have a clue out there? A vowel?

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